Hana Gallego and Avia Meyers were only 4 years old in 2001. They barely remember 9/11, but their hearts go out to those who will never forget the day that terrorists crashed into the iconic American buildings.
The Laguna Beach High School ninth-graders joined the throng who gathered Sunday at Monument Point to honor the heroes of that dreadful day and the resilience of the American spirit. The event was solemnized by the dedication of a sculpture — which contains two beams salvaged from the collapsed World Trade Center — and the raising of a flag that once flew over ground zero.
"I empathize with what a lot of grieving people are feeling," Avia said.
Hana helped pay homage to the lives lost on 9/11, as did the imposing presence of grave Laguna Beach firefighters.
"A total of 60 police officers and 343 firefighters died at the World Trade Center, the most ever killed in a single incident in the United States," Jerry Speziale, deputy supervisor of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, said at the memorial.